Nigerian Ambassador Joy Ogwu to Address Adelphi on November 17, 2010

Top Quote Adelphi University will host Joy Ogwu, former foreign minister of Nigeria and current Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations. The lecture is part of Adelphi's Ambassador Series and is free and open to the public. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) November 02, 2010 - Adelphi University is pleased to host Joy Ogwu, former foreign minister of Nigeria and current Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). She will speak on "Nigeria's Strategic Role in West Africa" on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. in Adelphi's Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY. The lecture is part of the Ambassador Series, which is sponsored by Adelphi's International Initiatives Committee (IIC), and is free and open to the public.

    Ambassador Ogwu has a vast background in foreign affairs. She formerly served as the foreign minster of Nigeria, the second woman in Nigerian history to hold that position. Before her ministerial career, Ms. Ogwu became the first female director-general of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. Ms. Ogwu served as presidential delegate and special adviser to the Nigerian delegation to the UN General assembly since 1988. Additionally, she serves on the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and was formerly the chair of the Board of Trustees of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.

    She has authored several books on Nigerian foreign policy. Her work has been published extensively in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Croatian. Ms. Ogwu is a voice for women's development and human rights. She has written on the strengthening of relations between Africa and Latin America. In 2002, she received the Diplomatic Excellence Award presented by the Society of International Law and Diplomacy.

    She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Rutgers University before receiving her Ph.D., also in political science, from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

    The International Initiatives Committee is a campus-wide group of faculty, administrators, and students that actively promotes global awareness through conferences, workshops, and cultural events. The IIC allows the University to offer dynamic programs such as its acclaimed Ambassador Series in intimate settings so students, faculty, and the public have the opportunity to hear first-hand, global perspectives on issues of international concern from international experts.

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    About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs-The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work-the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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